Spending a few hours at a Northern Michigan U-Pick farm doesn’t only land you lots of fresh fruit, it’s a fun, healthy activity the whole family will enjoy. Whether you’re on the hunt for strawberries, cherries, blueberries, raspberries, apples, or peaches—you name it—farmers here grow it. We suggest setting a game plan to visit each of these U-Pick locations during peak harvest months (use Michigan’s harvest calendar as an easy reference sheet).
Now operating under the fifth generation, Buchan’s Blueberry Hill is a 100-year-old, family operated farm offering an abundance of fruits for picking in addition to homemade goodies like ice cream, apple cider, jams and pastries! Check Facebook for U-Pick updates.
U-Pick: Blueberries, Apples, Peaches
Location: 1472 Nelson Rd., Traverse City, 231.223.4846
A Northern Michigan favorite, Friske Orchards offers a variety of delicious fruit and fun activities for the whole family to enjoy. Treat yourself to a piece of Grandma Friske’s pie or a farm-fresh omelete at the bakery.
U-Pick: Strawberries, Cherries, Apples
Location: 10743 N. U.S. 31, Ellsworth, 231.599.2604
The Grey Hare Vineyard is a bed and breakfast featuring an orchard, vineyard and bay views. The inn offers a variety of grapes capable of producing quality wines.
U-Pick: A variety of red and white grapes
Location: 1994 Carroll Rd., Traverse City, 231.947.2214
Stop by the fruit stand for a variety of fruits and vegetables: strawberries, raspberries, cherries, plums, blueberries, lettuce, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, peas, beans and more.
U-Pick: Strawberries, Raspberries
Location: 11122 US Highway 31 S, Williamsburg, 231.264.9575
This first-generation farming family is offering eight varieties of delicious sweet cherries and guided U-pick tours. Check their Facebook page for what is currently being picked and hours.
U-Pick: Sweet cherries
Location: 8227 N. Matheson Rd., Northport, 317.440.9273
Offering fruit stands, farm markets and orchards, King Orchards operates hundreds of acres of local fruits, specializing in tart cherries used for pie making. Yum!
U-Pick: Cherries, Raspberries, Peaches, Nectarines, Apples
Location: 4620 N M-88, Central Lake, 231.544.6479
Providing Northern Michigan with a hardy supply of summer and fall raspberries, Potter Road Raspberries is a perfect stop when it comes to pleasing your craving for this delicious seedy fruit.
U-Pick: Raspberries, Cherries, Nectarines, Peaches, Rhubarb, Jostaberries, Plums
Location: 282 Potter Rd., Traverse City, 231.947.6457
Did you know there are yellow raspberries? Find them, and more adventurous berries, at Putney’s.
U-Pick: Red, Black, Yellow and Purple Raspberries. Blackberries, Saskatoons, Rhubarb, Black and Red Currants, Gooseberries
Location: 7603 Love Rd., Benzonia, 231.882.5691
Family operated since 1938, Rennie Orchards now offers 18 varieties of cherries and 19 varieties of apples along with other fruits. Featuring U-Pick starting in July, fall apple wagon rides and a cornfield maze, it’s perfect for a family outing.
U-Pick: Sweet and Tart Cherries, Peaches, Apples, Pears, Apricots, Squash, Pumpkins
Location: 11221 Munro Rd., Williamsburg, 231.264.8387
With a distinct focus on cherries and their health benefits, Royal Farms is a great place to get your fix of Northern Michigan cherries, after all, it is the cherry capital of the world. Go wine tasting after you’re done in the orchard!
U-Pick: Cherries, Peaches, Apples
Location: 10445 North US 31, Ellsworth, 231.599.3222
A family farming since 1910, Urka Farms specializes in delicious strawberries that you can pick yourself or purchase picked.
Location: 16919 Pole Road Brethren, 231.477.5537 & M37 South of Traverse City
Peak Harvest Times
- Apples: August–October
- Blueberries: July–August
- Cherries: Mid June–July
- Pears: August–October
- Nectarines: July–August
- Peaches: July–August
- Plums: July–September
- Raspberries: July–September
- Strawberries: May–July
- Grapes: August–September
With all of these farms and many more, you’re certain to find your favorite fruit at Northern Michigan u-picks. Most farms and u-pick locations open in May or June, but call or visit the farm’s website for more information.